Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Chicago's [title of show] Cast

The Brown Paper Box Co. is excited to announce the cast for the Chicago storefront premiere of [title of show], with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell. The show will run from July 17 through August 16, 2015 at Rivendell Theatre in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood (5779 N. Ridge Ave.). Press performances are Sunday, July 19 at 2 P.M. and Monday, July 20 at 7:30 P.M. Ticketing information and more will be posted at www.brownpaperbox.org/cast--crew.html

Struggling writers Jeff and Hunter are working on an original musical with a unique topic: their experience writing an original musical! With friends Susan, Heidi, and accompanist Larry, they embark on a meta-journey of self-expression, documenting all the roadblocks and creative breakthroughs they encounter along the way. Nominated for the 2009 Best Book Tony Award, [title of show] is an irreverent, hilarious, and inspiring celebration of musical theatre and the joy of collaboration.

The cast includes Neala Barron [A Funny Thing Happened…, Porchlight Music Theatre; The Full Monty, Kokandy Productions; Titanic, Griffin Theatre Company] as Susan, Matt Frye [Henry V, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Full Monty, Kokandy Productions; Ripper, Chicago College of Performing Arts] as Hunter, Yando Lopez [Sondheim on Sondheim, Porchlight Music Theatre; In the Heights, Paramount Theatre; One Hit Wonders, Black Ensemble Theater] as Jeff, and Anna Schutz* [A New BrainAloha, Say the Pretty Girls, and Reefer Madness! The Brown Paper Box Co.] as Heidi. Chad Michael Innis and Stephanie Rohr* round out the cast as the male and female swings. Justin Harner* [Spike HeelsA New Brain, and Aloha Say the Pretty Girls, The Brown Paper Box Co.] will play Larry, the accompanist.

The production team includes T.J. Anderson* [musical director], Justin Harner* [assistant musical director], Sara Heymann [set/properties designer], Michael Montgomery [stage manager], M. William Panek* [director], Matt Sergot* [box office manager], Charlie Sheets* [graphic designer], Daniel Spagnuolo* [casting associate], Eric Vigo [lighting designer], Courtney Watters [costume coordinator], and Damian Wille [production manager].

*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. company member.

Monday, March 30, 2015

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Today is the best day to donate to [title of show] in Chicago! Why? Because Phil Martin has GENEROUSLY decided to match all donations today!

Donate now (or increase your existing donation!) and double your impact! ‪#‎MatchItMonday‬

Thursday, March 12, 2015

An Open Letter to Theatre Audiences

Dear audiences,

It's been many years since I attended weekly Mass. It's been a long time since a 'place of worship' held any personal sense of truth, belief, or higher power.

That being said, I treat my time in a theatre as the, for a lack of better word, 'holiest' part of my day. Sure, I wear work boots, jeans, and hoodies, but the time spent sitting & experiencing a show delivers me to that higher place. The respect & adoration for the people on that stage, below that stage, & behind that stage radiates out no matter what I'm wearing.

So if you're talking. During a performance. Or an overture. Or an entr'acte. I will ask you to stop. If you deem it necessary to argue back or retort, I will ask you again. There is in no possible way you're in the right, so I will not back down or be kind about it.

If you were sitting around me when I couldn't take any more chatting during FIRST WIVES CLUB last night, I apologize for nothing. We pay money to respectfully appreciate everyone's hard work on & around that stage. We work hard so everyone sitting in our audiences gets their time & money's worth.

It's our holy place, so for the love of everything sacred - shut it.

Stepping off a soapbox after preaching to the choir,

Monday, March 09, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Guilty as Hell

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Warm Up with SPIKE HEELS

SPIKE HEELS opens tomorrow night! We crashed a rehearsal to chat with the cast and director about their roles, Theresa Rebeck's writing, and why you should come see it.

SPIKE HEELS runs January 23–February 8, 2015 at THE WEST STAGE AT THE RAVEN THEATRE COMPLEX. Thursdays–Saturdays @ 8 PM and Sundays @ 3:30 PM. Tickets are available at http://spikeheelschi.bpt.me.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015


Aaaaand here's how I Snapchat on pain meds. Root canals are no fun. Floss your teeth, y'all.